NORTHFIELD, Minn. — In a rematch of last year’s conference playoff final, the Carleton College women’s tennis team defeated the visiting University of St. Thomas, 7-2, behind a string of dominating singles victories. With the match tied 2-2, the Knights rattled off five consecutive singles matches to secure the conference victory.
The triumph not only clinched another playoff spot for the Knights, but it knocked the Tommies (13-2, 7-1 MIAC) from the top spot in the conference and leaves Carleton (13-2, 7-0 MIAC) and Gustavus Adolphus (5-0 MIAC) as the only unbeatens in the conference.
The nationally No. 24-ranked Carleton squad led 2-1 after doubles play. While St. Thomas picked up a win from its regionally-ranked doubles team, an 8-1 win by Mikayla Becich (So./Bradfordwoods, Pa./N. Alleghany) and Grace Davis (So./Neenah, Wis/Neenah) at second doubles, as well as an 8-2 victory by Katherine Greenberg (Sr./ St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) and Molly Hemes (Sr./Green Bay, Wis./Preble) at third doubles got the Knights off to a strong start.
After UST secured the win at second singles to bring the match to square, the Knights ran the table in the remaining singles contests. Greenberg began the rally with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win. Next up was Becich, capturing her second win of the day, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 at third singles. The fifth and deciding point was earned by Hemes in a hotly contested three-set match at fourth singles. The 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 final gave the Knights the match win.
Joyce Yu (So./Taipei, Taiwan/Taipei American School) continued the singles dominance with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the fifth slot. The final margin of victory was set when Anne Lombardi (Sr./Hinsdale, IL/Central), ranked No. 11 in the region, bested the Tommies No. 21 ranked Shelby Henderson 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 at first singles.
Carleton is undefeated since returning from spring break and will put that streak on the line when the Knights face cross-town rival St. Olaf College on Monday April 14 at Bell Field Courts. Match time is 3:45pm.